Photos: Compare the crowd at Trump's inauguration with Obama's

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Estimating crowd size is always tricky, so we let photographs taken at both Barack Obama's and Donald Trump's inauguration ceremonies do the comparison.

Trump's inauguration was expected to draw about 800,000. The crowds stand in stark contrast to Barack Obama's 2009 inauguration, which was estimated to draw about 1.8 million, making it the most well-attended inauguration in history. 

We love music at The World — and this week's music was no exception. From Sudanese retro-pop, to a Nigerian musican who never talked to us, give a listen to some of what we loved this week.

Sudanese-born singer Alsarah

The music Alsarah and The Nubatones make combines some of the retro-pop from Sudan's Nubia region and Arabic influences from her time spent in Morocco — two different parts of Africa that Alsarah and The Nubatones have woven skillfully together.

Cheri Lawson

On Friday, Donald Trump, who has no elected or military experience and is known for his inflammatory remarks about minorities will become the 45th president of the United States.  

As WEKU’s Cheri Lawson reports, some area Muslims are responding with vigilance, education and kindness.

On Capitol Hill, government officials are clearing out their desks. New ones are moving in. And President Donald Trump has been handed the keys to the country's nuclear arsenal.

But despite all the change anticipated in Washington under the Trump administration, we should probably expect continuity when it comes to nuclear arms, says Ambassador Adam Scheinman, who has served as the State Department's special representative to the president for nuclear nonproliferation since 2014.

University officials across Kentucky are beginning to develop tuition rates for the fall semester.  Officials with the state’s higher education governing body are also gathering figures.


Travel writer Jessica Nabongo has been following American politics far from her hometown of Detroit for the last several years.

Nabongo has visited 66 countries, along the way posting photos, reviews and tips on her blog, “The Catch Me If You Can.” She was in Kenya when, toward the end of 2015, she realized that Donald Trump really had a chance at becoming president.

“I’m still in a state of shock and disbelief,” she said.

All this kid wanted for Christmas was to be at Trump's inauguration

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People trickled onto the National Mall before sunset Thursday, many wearing red hats, stopping for photos at a fenced area with a clear view of the Capitol Building to the east and the Washington Monument to the west.

A young, bearded man holding a sign that said "Not my president" stepped up on a barrier wall.

The loose crowd burst into boos and cheers, almost by command. Some of them started bickering. Insulting each other.

And an eager boy in a black suit — and a red hat — called on his mom to look at the commotion.

It’s time for our weekly chat featuring arts and cultural activities with Rich Copley and Harriett Hendren of the Lexington Herald-Leader.  This week, they start with a mention of one of the area’s entertainment hot spots that Rich and colleague Walter Tunis visited.  

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Priya Jayaraman's parents warned her not to talk politics outside their home. They told her, "Mind your own business, don't look at other people while they are talking."

Jayaraman, a dentist in San Francisco, says that being a woman in India back then, they just wanted to keep her safe.

She moved from India to the US in 2004, but those rules have stuck with her.

It's one reason she won't be participating in the Women's March, a sizable demonstration against President-elect Donald Trump that will follow his inauguration. That doesn't mean she's pro-Trump, though.

Anindito Mukherjee, Reuters 

Following Donald Trump’s election to the White House, world leaders rushed to rally around the Paris climate change agreement, indicating they would stick to their pledges to cut carbon even if the US withdrew from the international framework.

China quickly began to position itself as the new world leader in global climate policy.